Musical thank you for lifesaving care

Date: Wednesday 12th September 2018

A CHARITY night is to be held to raise funds for two organisations which helped save the life of a man from Culgaith.

The event at the Shap Wells Hotel on Sunday, 16th September, is to drum up support for the intensive care unit of the Cumberland Infirmary and the Penrith-based BEEP Fund.

It has been organised by the family of Mark Wilson, aged 36, to thank those who helped him in February.

Mark, a former HGV driver, collapsed at his Park View home when his heart stopped beating and his brain was starved of oxygen.

Following CPR by his partner, Sarah Morley, he was treated by first responders, paramedics and Dr Theo Weston of Penrith’s BEEP Fund. He was then placed into an induced coma and taken to the Cumberland Infirmary before being transferred to Newcastle for a lifesaving operation. At one point his heart was beating at 270 beats per minute.

He was diagnosed with the rare condition Wolff Parkinson-White syndrome (WPW), which increases the electrical activity of the heart. He and his partner told their story to the Herald in June, to help increase awareness of the rare condition and encourage others to get tested if they experience any of the symptoms.

At the time of the incident, Mark’s parents, John and Ida Wilson, of Great Strickland, were attending a concert at the Shap Wells Hotel by the acclaimed golden trumpet player, Billy McFarland, aged 82, from County Antrim.

The couple had to leave the concert early to rush to their son’s side but have been deeply touched by the musician staying in contact to check on their son’s welfare.

Mr McFarland has become close friends with the family and visited them, being taken on a tour of local beauty spots where he filmed a music DVD which will be sold on the night of the event.

Others lined up for the concert include Irish country group Pat Jordan and Finians Rainbow.

Mark’s father, John, aged 77, told the Herald that the concert was important as a way of saying thank you to all those involved. Tickets can be obtained by calling 07788 584594.